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« on: May 15, 2012, 11:18:38 AM »

Okay gang.  Here's the story.  I've got G.A.S. again.  blush              I know that I said no more after I bought my L-05, which I still love.  But, I have my Morgan mahogany OM, my Guild maple dread, and of course, my L-05, all of which I love.  But ... I have no Rosewood guitar in my stable, and I wish to have a dreadnaught in Rosewood.  I cannot afford the L-09, Martin D28, or Guild D55, all of which are different beasts.  I know the slant will be towards the Larrivee, but, well, gang, please, bring it on.    welcome
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 07:13:38 PM »

Nobody is having coffee or eating donuts with me.  Or giving me any feedback.  I've had to go pee 3 or 4 times from all of the coffee.  But, I've still got it on. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 07:53:40 PM »

A lot of similarities in the Specs and pricing. I have never had the opportunity to play a Bedell
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 08:04:42 PM »

A lot of similarities in the Specs and pricing. I have never had the opportunity to play a Bedell
I don't need to have played a Chinese import to know that the Larrivee D-03R will be a really good guitar. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 08:09:29 PM »

I've never played a Bedell, so don't know anything about them.

If you're interested in a Martin D, you could check out the MMV model from Guitar Center/Musiciansfriend.com - based on the 16 series, it is quite reasonably priced - ot at least it was when I last check awhile ago.

The Larrivee rosewood's all seem to share a very similar sound signature, regardless of the size and shape. Yes, they are of course different, yet the underlying tone is remarkably consistent. It's something you like or don't like. Very very different from a Martin. I love both sounds.

Another excellent guitar to consider is the Eastman E20-D. They usually have a rich tone with lots of overtones, whihc may or may not be your cup of tea. Rosewood & adirondack. mmmmmm.   Eastman's are another Chinese-made guitar, but they seem to be a cut above most. Again, I'm not familiar with Bedell quality or sound.

That wasn't much help, I'm afraid...
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 08:47:57 PM »

As I have said again and again,
A D03r is one of the best guitars out there period.
BEdell? we dont need no stinkin Bedell.
just go for the Larrivee, you wont be sorry.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2012, 09:44:24 PM »

Let me put it to you this way: Jean Larrivee, the founder and owner of the Larrivee company, PERSONALLY HAND SELECTS THE WOOD IN HIS GUITARS; he travels to India, Italy and other places around the world and looks over every tree, then every set of wood that comes off that tree. It all gets personally approved by him. When he comes home, he works in the shop on the guitars - setting necks, painting sunbursts, buffing finishes.

Now ... which guitar do you want to buy?  rolleye

(BTW, I've owned a D-03R - it was an excellent dreadnaught. I happen to like mahogany dreads, so I sold it to get my current D-03/Italian Spruce top.)
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2012, 07:39:29 AM »

Thank you for the responses gang.  They are all good information to know.  Point of information, I am not that interested in buying a Chinese import.  So, I agree with responses in that area.  However, prices and sound are considerations also.  Nevertheless, valid points are raised on the forum ...

And, thanks for the input, guys.  I knew I could count on you.

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 08:01:57 AM »


The Larrivee rosewood's all seem to share a very similar sound signature, regardless of the size and shape. Yes, they are of course different, yet the underlying tone is remarkably consistent. It's something you like or don't like. Very very different from a Martin. I love both sounds.

That wasn't much help, I'm afraid...

LoMa:

No, quite the contrary.  This was a lot of help, and it was also something that I was kind of thinking, but was really looking for in a response.  I was under the impression that the Larrivee rosewoods dreads, as perhaps all of the Larrivees, shared a remarkable consistency.  Yet, this was just an impression without much back-up.  Do others tend to agree?  This is very important to me.  And, it is an impression that I do not share with most Chinese imports. 

Furthermore, I do realize that Larrivee Dreads are a beast with a different tone from say a Martin, a Taylor, a Guild and so on.  I like the Larrivee dreads in Rosewood.  It has been a long time since I have heard the mahogany dread. However, I already have two mahogany guitars, and I really like mahogany, I just feel the want, G.AS., for Rosewood.  Because of my size, shape, and health, I should really look at Law Guy's OM3-RE...  But, I am interested in something that will play some Blue Grass with the heavier bass tones.  I don't know.  This is something that confuses me, too.   
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 08:10:06 AM »

Let me put it to you this way: Jean Larrivee, the founder and owner of the Larrivee company, PERSONALLY HAND SELECTS THE WOOD IN HIS GUITARS; he travels to India, Italy and other places around the world and looks over every tree, then every set of wood that comes off that tree. It all gets personally approved by him. When he comes home, he works in the shop on the guitars - setting necks, painting sunbursts, buffing finishes.

Now ... which guitar do you want to buy?  rolleye

(BTW, I've owned a D-03R - it was an excellent dreadnaught. I happen to like mahogany dreads, so I sold it to get my current D-03/Italian Spruce top.)

Mikeymac:

Thanks.  This is a big plus - one that will probably help push me over the edge.  The fact that Jean takes the time to go out in the field and hand pick the wood, and then, he actually works in the plants on necks and the sort, well, what do you say to that?   

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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2012, 08:11:50 AM »

As I have said again and again,
A D03r is one of the best guitars out there period.
BEdell? we dont need no stinkin Bedell.
just go for the Larrivee, you wont be sorry.
Dave

Dave:

This is too funny.  Thanks.   
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2012, 08:53:54 AM »

No experience with the others, but I've never been anything but completely satisfied by my D-03R. Never had any regret buying it. Love the sound every time I play it.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2012, 02:44:16 PM »

Thanks Zenith.  Appreciate the input.
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2012, 07:48:04 AM »

i know a D-03R  on ebay just went unsold as the bidding only made it to 560 or something.  have a look for a deal.
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2012, 11:54:12 AM »

Thanks Funkstarfish.  I just went to 650 on one in Canada.
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2012, 01:44:39 PM »

Thanks Funkstarfish.  I just went to 650 on one in Canada.
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Funstarfish:

Hey.  I did not mean to sound short with the above reply.  Really.  Thanks a bunch.  But, it appears that I did not even come close to the reserve.  There was little to no description, thus, really no feel good on this end.  It seems in all likelyhood that for a few hundred more, I could go to a good fella like Jason at Notable Guitars and have a D03-R brand new and know what I am getting - with a warranty.  And then there is that Bedell thing still eating at me.  Drats.     I am still leaning towards Notable Guitars, I believe.

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2012, 02:11:19 PM »

hey man, i hear ya, i only pass on the info because i have it... not for any other reason, haha.  I often don;t even scout the content of the adds anymore, just cataloging prices.  I have 3 or 4 friends in the market, and I'm sort of stuck at home bored, so just passing it along.  hope you find that Dream D-03R... and I'm glad to see a consumer who values customer service, that's great.  if my budgets allowed for a new guitar, id consider that route too.
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2012, 10:41:15 AM »

Thanks again Funkstarfish.  The search quest has ended.  I decided to go with the Larrivee D03-R, a decision that I am sure that I will not regret.  A new one was a bit of a stretch for me, but I was so close to the new price and I would have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what I was getting - for my last guitar.  I rang up Jason at Notable Guitars and had a very enjoyable sales experience - much better than with those big box stores.  I sure am happy that the little guys are still around.  What would we do without them?  I would like to thank all for their input - I surely do appreciate it.  I will now have two Larrivees, an L05 and a D03-R.  I guess that I need to post some pictures when I get my dreadnaught.  Cheers all.   bigrin
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2012, 02:09:28 PM »

Good choice - you'll LOVE it.   nice guitar
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« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2012, 03:06:08 PM »

Thanks MikeyMac.   
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